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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Seize the Moment


Call me Ceize, or Caesar, a member of the Crook Street Band, who describe themselves as being about Hiphop music, clothes and tatoos.  Uber cool Ceize was on the streets of Kings Cross promoting his new album "Ceizeure".
Check out his social media links: Youtube (this features his new CD) Facebook  (meet the whole gang).


Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Artists


East London is well known for its art scene, not only its galleries and music scene but also the street artists.  However trying to break into the scene and get yourself known is as difficult as it has always been.

So the other day when I received an email from Eric asking if I would promote his music video "that showcases the art work to a London Garage track" I readily agreed.

Here is a link to Eric's video:

Take a look and leave him a comment.  All new artists need some encouragement.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Ice-Cream Cab


London's iconic black cabs are famous world wide, now we have Freddie with an iconic ice-cream cab.  This ain't Mr Whippy with whistles and bells, this is ice-cream for grown ups.  (although the kids will still want some too).

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Monday, 13 April 2015

Turban Skills



Learning to tie a turban at the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi celebrated in London on Saturday.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ted’s Birthday …


Hip Hip Hooray it’s Ted’s birthday today … my very 1st birthday … well in in blog terms anyway, and the Doll wanted to know how I wanted to celebrate the occasion.

In a place like London the possibilities are endless. I could be very English and have afternoon tea, and enjoy an array of delicious morsels while being driven around famous London icons in an old red London routemaster bus. I could rent my very own “pod” on the London Eye and then, with as many friends as I could cram inside, admire the London skyline and watch the sunset turn the muddy Thames royal blue, while enjoying nibbles and champagne.  Later, I could go to any number of fabulous restaurants followed by a late evening trip to a secret speak-easy to indulge in cocktails designed especially for me … I could even have a mobile cocktail bar come to me at home!  

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A friend who shall remain nameless (Diane) celebrated her birthday earlier this week by taking in an Easter Country Fair in the Lee Valley on the outskirts of London, and she invited me along. It was great fun and had everything you expect at a country fair, like donkey rides, a merry go round, and home-made caramel vodka. There were fairground games offering prizes if you could catch fat plastic ducks with very thin plastic fishing poles, knock over tin cans with tennis balls from 50 feet, throw darts that were so blunt and featherless that hitting the dart board at all was a mark of pure skill, and a misspent youth. We ate lots of fairground food and got lots of indigestion.

We watched terrier racing, dog training (at least I think that’s what it was) and the highlight of the show, the falconry display. We topped off the day at her house by laying on the couches drinking wine straight from the bottle and watching reruns of that classic 1980’s soap “Days of Our Lives” … ok some of this might not be entirely true …

Meanwhile … the Doll said that she was ignoring my totally silly suggestions for a birthday cake and a present.  Instead she was getting me what she knew I would appreciate and would enjoy. But, what would I not have appreciated and enjoyed about a life-size replica of myself made of chocolate cake .. or my very own vineyard in the South of France?

 So… anyway as you can tell … I got pies and beer, and it was all just what I wanted really.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

An Army of Gnomes


 Fiercely  guarding their property, the gnome army was out in force.  Flag flying, frogs ready for the second assault. Don't mess with us!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Monday, 6 April 2015

Motoring - the early days


The lavish art nouveau Michelin building sporting images of the glamour of motoring in the early twentieth century.  The building once the head quarters of the famous michelin company now sports a  smart restaurant.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Ted has nice buns ....




… and they are just a tiny part of my Easter goodies arsenal I might add ...  The world celebrates Easter with a range of edible temptations, which I guess is only fitting if you have followed the Christian tradition of giving up all things tasty and interesting for the entirety of the 40 long long days leading up to Easter known as Lent.  It starts on Ash Wednesday which is when people give up smoking in the UK. They have been meaning to do this since they vowed off alcohol for all of January after the New Year’s Eve parties.  From what I can tell this generally lasts until about the 14th of January, which according to the old Julian calendar is actually New Year’s Day.

Easter goodies come in all shapes and sizes.  Hot Cross buns have the cross going on so no prizes for guessing what they represent.  The Doll has pointed out to me that to be traditionally accurate they should actually be eaten on Good Friday. Nowadays the Easter egg hunt is the big event of Easter Sunday, along with a good roast lamb dinner with friends and family.

Most Christian countries have their own edible traditions. In Italy they have the Colomba de Pasqua, a cake shaped like a dove which is a great tasting gesture of peace.  In Russia, Paska, a pyramid made from cheese... umm yeah nice.  In Greece Tsoureki, a sweet bread with candied peel and decorated with brightly coloured hard boiled eggs. In Mexico Capirotada is a kind of spiced Mexican bread pudding filled with raisins, cinnamon, cloves and cheese.  In fact when you start looking around, most of the world eats cakes or buns with similar ingredients for Easter, and most of them are equally great toasted with butter on top (just thought I’d throw that in).

The ever popular Simnel cake is a fruit cake with a layer of marzipan on top with 11 sort of blob slash round balls on top – these are of course the 12 apostles minus Judas (it's just so easy to spot an apostle disguised as a round marzipan ball that I am truly not sure how I missed it to be honest!!).

There are also peculiar Easter customs and traditions like in Scotland and Northern England called “egg rolling” where they send coloured eggs rolling down steep hills and then send the children down after them.  This toughens them up and prepares them to compete in the great cheese rolling competition in Gloucestershire in May ... apparently ...

Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Minatures


Minaturesque by Slinkachu is a humorous body of work that explores life in London albeit in the most unexpected places where small people mimic the life of real people. How we work, play and live.  Under a dandelion, in the cracks of concrete or even a melting ice-cream.  Staged photos and sculptures such as the cigarette butt towers below.


My thanks to Angie in Yanchep for telling me about the exhibition.

Showing at Andipa Gallery until 18 April 2015 
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